Roger Zelazny (also using pseudonym Harrison Denmark early in his career) combines hard Science Fiction with epic Fantasy. His works focus on believable characters who often tell their stories in the first person, emphasizing interior psychology versus outwardly mechanical, technological attributes. He often provides fascinating explorations of mythic trickster figures, played out in past and future worlds. Mood and tone range from thoughtful, to slapstick, to the sword-and-sorcery-action of his Amber series. Mythic allusions, generous humor, and ironic wit characterize all his writing. Renewal -- physical, emotional, and psychological -- is his most common theme. Start with: Lord of Light.
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